A wild story that feels almost too good to be true, follows two South African fans in search of the musician, Sixto Rodriquez. An American musician whom never found any success in his home country but was a phenomenon in South Africa, until he faded into obscurity. It is a beautiful documentary by Malik Bendjelloul, who sadly took his own life not long after the release of this movie. It is an emotional and inspiring story worth not knowing anything about before watching. In the end of all this, you will discover the power of music, and the story of an unforgettable connection between an audience and an artist.
Directed by Brett Morgen, this documentary is about the incredible life of Jane Goodall, and the world changing research and work she made in understanding chimpanzees. Jane has a limited theatrical release on October 20th.
Jack O'Connell plays a young new recruit to the British Army, whom is thrown into the middle of a conflict that is going on in Belfast, 1971. Left behind due to several setbacks, this starts the gears turning for what is a nail-bitting thriller, as he has to fight hard to keep himself alive. It is both emotionally authentic and politically conscious, which strikes for the sense of realism, to the point that it almost feels documentarian. The excellent direction from Yann Demange, which harkens back to the Walter Hill classic, "The Warriors", makes him one of the most prominent new voices of the British Cinema.
One of the most exciting filmmakers working today, this Yorgos Lanthimos directed film stars Colin Farell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and Alicia Silverstone. A surgeon's personal family life is distrubed by a young boy's presence, as his menacing intentions are unfolded. The film will be released in the USA, October 20th.
Faces, Places is a documentary from the widely acclaimed and beloved filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist/photographer JR, whom go on a journey across France and form an unlikely friendship. This is to be believed as Agnès Varda's final work as a filmmaker, thus already making it as one of the most important films coming out this year. The US release date is the 6th of October.
As much as you feel like you understand how the mind of David Lynch works, you are still never prepared for the actual experience you are going to get. This is especially true for his 1990 cult classic "Wild at Heart", starring the charismatic Nic Cage and an unforgettable sensual performance from Laura Dern. The interaction between the two, to feel the burning sexual desire for one another, is a joy to watch. David Lynch can create feelings in his works, unlike anything you have experienced. Feel emotions you have never felt. Even if you don't feel connected to the works of his, there is an undeniable quality to them that lingers in one's mind forever to come.
From writer and director Sean Baker, whom made a splash few years ago with his incredible film, "Tangerine", a movie entirely filmed with an IPhone. Now he is back with, "The Florida Project". A vibrant portrait of youth and poverty, all in the backdrop of a motel in Florida. The film premieres in the US, October 6th, 2017.
The 1980s saw an influx of action buddy comedies being made, from Lethal Weapon to 48 Hours. However, the one that I truly believe that still today is so appealing to watch, is the cult classic, "Midnight Run" from Martin Brest. Robert De Niro channeling one of his best comedic performances, playing an angry violent ex-cop whom has to take care of an accountant known as the Duke played by Charles Grodin, whose personality is the total opposite of De Niro. It is the dynamic between Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin, that makes this cat and mouse chase movie so charming to watch. Right from the start till the very end, you have a big grinning smile while watching Midnight Run.
A Swedish satirical drama in which everyone's lives is thrown into crisis, when an art installation known as "The Square" is introduced. Winner of this year's Palme d'Or at Cannes, the film is directed by Ruben Östlund and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. In theaters October 27th.
The widely acclaimed classic literary work of Emily Brontë, saw multiple adaptations in many different forms throughout the years. Especially both on small and big screens. However, it is in my humble opinion that the definitive adaptation comes from Andrea Arnold's and her 2011 film with the same title. Her version of Wuthering Heights, of course has some changes made so that it is more culturally relevant, which in the end enhances the expirience What really sets it apart from the other iterations, is her abuility to create a fully living, breathing and tangible world of the 19th century South England. You can feel the strong winds blowing up and down the hills. Touch the crusty old paint that is falling off the wall. Sense the heat coming from the crackling fireplace. Andrea Arnold transports the audience to the world both she and Emily Brontë has created to tell the story of love and hardship.